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After Loic BRUNI it's now Loris VERGIER who confirms he will ride for Lapierre Gravity Republic until 2016!

All eyes will be on the 2014 Junior World Champ next season but Loris is not afraid of the pressure. His last two years with the team were great and staying with us seems the obvious thing to do as Loris has some great ambitions and all of us are really motivated to help him to achieve them.

Loris and Loic will also have a new young team mate next year: Finn ILES.

Finn Iles at Taxco 2014 - photo by Dave Trumpore.

The young canadian rider is only 15 years old but people know him already due to the VitalMTB-backed #LetFinnIn campaign this summer to help him to compete in the Whistler Crankworx Whip-Off Worlds contest. Only 14 years old at the time, Finn was eventually allowed to enter the contest and went on to win it!

Finn is not only a stylish rider. He also won the Garbanzo DH in the Junior category and was spotted by Laurent DELORME when he opened the track at the Mont St Anne World Cup. He will join the team for the next 3 years.

The team will also have a new mechanic next year. After several successful years with us, Billy CEUSTERS will leave us for a new challenge. Billy was with Team Lapierre for a long time, he has worked with our XC riders Alexis VUILLERMOZ, Pauline FERRAND PREVOT, Jordan SARROU and also Loris VERGIER for the last two seasons. He will be replaced by Kevin JOLY, formerly Cedric GRACIA's mechanic and owner of the MTB shop PIT STOP. He will take care of our riders with Jack ROURE.

Unfortunately, some riders will also now cease their collaboration with us. Emmeline RAGOT and Sam BLENKINSOP will take on new challenges next year and we wish them the best.

Says Laurent DELORME, Team Manager Lapierre /

"Emmeline and Sam were perfect. Today we've chose to focus on the young guns but those two riders did an amazing job during the last seasons. They were both involved in our successful results. It's a little bit emotional for me to let Sam move on t a new project. His arrival in the team 5 years ago was a key date for us. He became a friend and it was always so nice to work with him. I will never forget what he did for us. Thanks Mister Blenki!"

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